Snaps for Johnny Depp!
The 53-year-old fulfilled one of his biggest fan's "lifelong dreams" on July 2 by spending time with her before his Foxwoods Resort Casino concert in Connecticut with his band Hollywood Vampires.
But there's more to the story.
The die-hard Depp fan, Amanda Currie, bought advance tickets (and splurged on the meet-and-greet package) last year when she heard her favorite actor would be coming to town.
It wasn't until later Currie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, while completing her bachelor's degree in mathematics and had to undergo brain surgery. So sad.
As the concert neared, Currie's conditioned worsened and she was completely paralyzed from the neck down.
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Her mom Kim told People in a post published Tuesday:
"At that point we didn't know what to do or if she would be strong enough to go. She knew it was nearly impossible, but continued to talk about it and count off the days. At one point she actually said she thought she could live long enough to go."
With the help of her friends and family, Amanda's dream was realized when an ambulance with two EMTs took her to the show — where Depp and his bandmates Alice Cooper and Joe Perry were waiting for her.
Of the experience, Amanda gushed:
"It was wonderful, amazing and awesome. It was everything I ever wished for and more – the best thing that ever happened to me. He was understanding and sweet and so hot! He is talkative, charming and funny and very down-to-earth. It was very exciting to meet him, a huge rush. The whole experience was magical. I still can't believe it's real, even though I have pictures to prove it. I will remember most how caring and sincere he was. He makes you feel special – you can't top that! He encouraged me to fight this cancer."
"That was the best day of my life. It meant the world to me."
During the concert, the band dedicated the performance to "their friend Amanda" — who was watching from backstage — and even hung out with her afterwards.
And while Alice and Joe's "generosity, kindness, and compassion did not go unnoticed" — it was J.D. who really made this special for Amanda:
"I am very lucky to have had the chance to meet Johnny Depp. Many people have wishes and dreams, not everyone gets the chance to realize theirs in their lifetime."
What a heartwarming story!
[Image via WENN.]
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